Is It Time to Ditch the U.S. Constitution?

A law professor at Georgetown University thinks so. What do you think?

Luis Michael Seidman, a professor of constitutional law at Georgetown University, wrote an op-ed for the New York Times on the last day of 2012 suggesting it was time for the U.S. Constitution to go.

In his op-ed, Sneidman blames the U.S. Constitution for many of our present day problems.

"As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government is broken. But almost no one blames the culprit; our insistence on obedience to the Constitution, with all its archaic idiosyncratic and downright evil provisions," Seidman wrote.

The Constitution, however, set up a way to make changes — through the amendment process. Following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School late last year, however, the Second Amendment is one that has come sharply into focus as gun control is hotly debated.

What do you think? Is it time for the U.S. to consider a new constitution in keeping with more current issues — or would that defeat the whole purpose of exactly why the U.S. Constitution was set up in the first place?

flyinby February 05, 2013 at 08:05 PM
what a freaking jerk idiot. he's lost. there are plenty of such failed countries he can enjoy himself in. ship his keister off to one of them. take his pick.
Jared Kline February 06, 2013 at 10:59 AM
The Constitution is more than a legal document. We, as Americans, do not have our rights because the Constitution gives them to us. The Constitution recognises our rights, it does not grant them. The rights are ours as Americans, and the Constitution was meant to warn government officials of their limits. These limits are natural for America, and to try to do away with them in favour of fascism, communism, Marxism, socialism, capitalism, or any other "ism" is just plain wrong for America, and if "we the people" accept the idea that an elite group in a distant national capitol can change this, then "we the people" will deserve what we get.
Tammy Osier February 06, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Jared Kline, it also protects those rights. When the federal government begins creating anything, it has overstepped its bounds.
YT February 06, 2013 at 12:33 PM
One simple answer: NO!
Good Grief Y'all February 07, 2013 at 02:34 PM
The Constitution is a living document. Early on, leaders recognized the need to adapt it to change and correct what was left out, and it was amended with the 1st and then the most revered 2nd. So, it was not perfect in the beginning, and it is not perfect now, which explains all the arguing over it. So many experts, so little time, engaging in an exercise in futility. The Constitution is not going to be replaced. It would be nearly impossible to even amend it for any reason, taking years, decades maybe.


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